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Les Clos Perdus

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Jancis Robinson: “lovely wines... going from strength to strength”
Languedoc, France
Owner / Winemaker:
Paul Old
Size, Total Production:
15 ha, 25,000 bottles
Dry, Mediterranean with Mistral wind
Limestone and clay, much stony topsoil
Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault
Organic Status:
Certified Organic
This small Domaine handcrafts tiny quantities of spectacular wines from very old vines grown biodynamically. The Corbières appellation is huge, the largest in the Languedoc, with over 13,000 hectares stretching from the Mediterranean to some 60km inland, but not all is mass produced, cheap and simple. Producers like Les Clos Perdus are taking a new angle and, investing considerable care and energy, setting out to make truly distinctive and special wines.

Clos Perdus means lost vineyards and reflects the intention of Stewart, a former pig farmer in England, and Old, a former ballet dancer from Australia, to search out small parcels of old vines, disregarded by larger producers because of the inconvenience of working them, and carefully craft wines of intensity, concentration and depth of flavour. Today they have vines in 3 different locations: on the coastal plain near the village of Peyriac; just inland from Peyriac; and in the Agly Valley not far from Maury. They hand work the vines organically and biodynamically seeking always low yields and to thus allow the vine to express its intrinsic nature.

With the retirement of founder Hugo Stewart, Paul Old is now in charge. He works out of a tiny cellar in the beautiful old village of Peyriac situated on lagoon just south of Narbonne. With a total production of only around 20,000 bottles, he works in a very labour intensive manner. Grapes are carefully handpicked into very small crates then de-stemmed and fermented using wild yeasts in small stainless steel vats with each plot and variety kept separate. The wine is always moved very gently, according to lunar cycles, with minimal aeration and are basket pressed. These are some of most gentle but also most intense wines from the Corbières, and now a great reference point for the Appellation.

Wines from Clos Perdus

Clos Perdus IGP Côtes Catalanes L'Année Rouge 2013

Grenache 60%, Carignan 30%, Syrah
From modest beginnings with just 1.5 ha of vines in 2003, Les Clos Perdus has become one of the finest artisan producers of Natural and Biodynamic wines in the Languedoc Roussillon. With the retirement of founder Hugo Stewart, leaving Paul Old in charge, L'Année 2013 is their new-look version of favourite Le Rouge, made sans soufre and showing exceptional fruit purity and perfume. One of the most gorgeous expressions of terroir we know at this price level.
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Retail Price: ¥3,240
Availability: Sold Out

Clos Perdus Corbières Prioundo 2013

Grenache 80%, Cinsault 20%
Prioundo means the beautiful valley in the language of Oc, the "langue d'oc". This wine wears an air of serenity. It's farmed biodynamically and made without sulfites, just a dash at bottling to give 25 mg/L SO2 Tot. It's also made with wild yeasts and half whole bunch, from a Rhône blend that's atypical here and comes out more mineral, floral and earthy than would a Southern Rhône wine. This shows why Les Clos Perdus is considered one of the top artisan farmers today in the Languedoc-Roussillon.
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Retail Price: ¥4,644
Availability: Available
Certified Organic

Clos Perdus Corbières Mire La Mer 2013

Mourvèdre 65%, Carignan 30%, Grenache 5%
This is one of the Languedoc-Roussillon's most interesting and finest wines, from a unique blend of 40 year old Mourvèdre and over 100 year old Carignan. Biodynamically farmed and made with wild yeasts and without sulfites until a touch at bottling (to give 37 mg/L SO2 Tot), it's part fermented and then aged in new and old oak barriques to achieve a complex, rich but marvellously alive wine that will also age brilliantly.
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Retail Price: ¥5,724
Availability: Low Stock